Welcome to my blog. I'm probably very much like all of you who love the needlearts. My life revolves around family, friends, home and all things that help to make for a more contented life. When time allows; cooking, gardening, decorating, and collecting are my joys. I look forward to sharing all of these things with you. I also hope to keep you up to date on what is going on at Homespun Elegance, in regard to the needlework designs and the "Plain & Fancy Wares" that we offer.

Wishing you "Many Happy Stitches".

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Corrected Freebie

Hi Again!
I think I need to hire a professional proof reader
in my old age.  Amazing that I can do a large
graph and not have an error (not saying that I
haven't of course) but something so tiny and
uncomplicated and I mess it up.  
Here is the corrected graph.
The new Stitch Count is
48 Wide X 37 High
Many Happy Stitches,

Spelling Error in Freebie

I'm So Sorry!
Obviously I need to go back to school.  There is
a graphing/stitching error in the "freebie" graph
that I just sent you yesterday.  I will be sending a
corrected graph out in the next few hours.  I
hope none of you have already started it.
The "A" is missing.
I'm so embarrassed!
Hoping you haven't made any 
"Happy Stitches",

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free Design

Good Afternoon Everyone!
This is a very quick post this afternoon.  I just wanted
to let you know that I did a free design for all of you
that was featured in Norden Needleworkers a few 
days ago.  The interview I did was before that.
If you would like to read the interview and get the
freebie graph than go here This is a wonderful
feature that Norden Distributors started several 
months ago.  They are interviewing designers and
shop owners, so I think you will find it a fun read.
I have certainly enjoyed reading the interviews.
Anyway, scroll down to August 8th for the interview
and August 24th for the "freebie".
The "freebie" is titled
"Treasured Friend",
which is how I think of all of you.  I hope you enjoy it.
If you need the "Open Crown" charm, hopefully 
your favorite shoppe will have it.  If not, you can
get it from me.
Since so many of you cannot find the graph on Norden's
Blog, here it is.  Just click on the graph and enjoy!

Also, I wanted you to know that I have updated my
Etsy Shoppe.
Be back soon with some new stuff!!
Many Happy Stitches,

Friday, August 24, 2012

Almost Ready

Good Afternoon Everyone!
Are you glad it's Friday.  It has been a long but
productive week for Faye and I.  I didn't go to Richmond
but one day this week.  Needed a little extra time at
home to make a dent in my design work.   We were
fortunate to get out all the ornaments and two other
publications at the start of the week.  Since then
we've been working away at the next Auto, which
will include
"A Halloween Year"
The first design in my new collection.
Here is another glimpse of
I just showed you a glimpse of the "Halloween Rounds"
a few days ago, so I won't bore you with another look.
Well, that is all for now.  Back to work.  Our long
awaited summer vacation comes the week after
Labor Day week, so I have big deadlines to meet
before I can go.  All I want to do at the beach is eat
good seafood, read good books, sit on the beach, play 
with Avery, and enjoy my family.
Many Happy Stitches,

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Little Glimpse!
I don't know if you recall, but last year I promised
a design for Halloween that didn't get finished.  I
did get 
"Rounds 'A Plenty I" 
for Christmas
finished, but not 
"Rounds 'A Plenty I"
for Halloween.
Well, I'm trying again this year, so I thought
I better let you know that they are coming. Here is
a little glimpse of some of the other designs.
There will be a total of five.
So quick and easy.  What more could you ask
for.  Just hang them from a spooky twig
tree and you are set for Halloween.
The Annual Ornaments, "Scenes Of Summer"
and "Sampler Stitcher" are being shipped to
Autos and Distributors today.
Hope you have a great day with
"Many Happy Stitches",

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Little Update

Good Evening Everyone!
I hope you are all looking forward to a fun
and relaxing weekend.  I'm sorry to report that
I'm a little stressed.  I guess I have good and
bad news.  The MRI's that I had last week showed
 that the swelling in my wrist is not a a tumor or a cyst 
involving the ulnar nerve.  That is the good news.  The bad 
news is that I have a torn ligament in my right wrist.
So, they gave me a steroid shot and put my hand and 
arm in a brace for five weeks.  The Doctor
would have preferred a cast, but I chose the brace.
If it does not heal, then I will probably have to have 
surgery.  The tingling in my fingers may be coming from
degeneration in a cervical disk.  I'll be seeing
a spine specialist in about a month.  Hopefully, all
they will do is steroid injections and physical
I'm having a hard time stitching and working on the
computer and am getting a little concerned about
all the work I have to do.  My Cinnamon Stick 
design this year is another stocking and, of course, it
is for Avery.  Well, I had to send it off to be stitched
because I cannot get it finished with this bum hand.
So upsetting on several levels. 
I want you to see a little of the stocking in case some
of you out there are looking for a stocking design
for a special little one.  Here is a little glimpse
and a very reduced rough graph, but maybe you can 
get an idea.  

 There will also be a "Bed Post" sack or "Door Hanging"
sack for a special gift from Santa.  I cannot wait to
fill up both of these for little Avery.
Take care.  Talk to you soon!
Many Happy Stitches,

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Good Afternoon Everyone!
Believe it or not, I have finally made some headway 
this weekend.  If all goes well, we will be shipping
five new designs to our AUTOS next week.
Thought I would share the finished models with
you in the hope that you will see something you
really need.  So here goes!
"Scenes Of Summer"
Remember this is part of a series.  "Scenes of
Winter" and "Scenes of Autumn" are already
available and can be viewed here.
"Sampler Stitcher"
I made this into a pocket for your needle needs,
some fresh flowers, or some dried flowers as pictured here.
It could even be the gift wrap for a great little something
for your special stitching friend.
"Spirit of Christmas" Sampler
"Joy To All" Santa
"Snowman Parade" 
All of the ornaments are stitched on 30 Count "Mink"
from R & R Reproductions, using a variety of fibers.
I absolutely love this fabric.  Dark fibers and light
fibers show up so well.  Embellishments are included.
Hope you've enjoyed my little "show and tell".
It has been a long time coming hasn't it?
Let me know what you think.
Before I go I want to thank all of you once again
for your concern for my problem arm and for your
birthday wishes for adorable Avery.  
You are all so wonderful.  
Many Happy Stitches,

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hi Everyone!
Well, it has been quite a day.  Up at the crack of dawn
for a 7:30 appointment for two MRI's, one on my wrist
and the other on my neck.  I should have the results the
latter part of next week.  The good news is the pain let
up again Wednesday of last week so I could help Hollis
and Paul with Avery's birthday party.  I was so thankful
because I truly could not have enjoyed the day if
the pain had continued.  This is the third time since
April that this pain has flared up and then subsided.
So thankful for the pain free times, but so sick of
 worrying that everything I do is going to set it off.
Thank all of you for your concern.  I appreciate it
so much.
I cannot believe how far behind I am, but I have
nearly finished the annual ornaments (they just need 
their trim).  The first design for "A Halloween Year" is 
stitched and several others are being graphed.
"Scenes Of Summer" is finally ready.  I hope all
of these designs will be on the way to shoppes
and distributors in a week or so.
is being stitched right now.  Do you love samplers?
Do you love Halloween?
I am so excited about this sampler and hope you will
be too.  Here is a little glimpse of the colors and 
the graph.  Much more to come!

The colors are really great.  I am so ready for Fall.
What about you?
Well, let me get back to work.  
Many Happy Stitches,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Let Him Wear Cake!

Hi Everyone!
August 2, 2011 was one of the most special days
in our lives and Saturday we celebrated that wonderful
day with a birthday party for Avery.
  Hollis spent hours planning for his first birthday and she
and Paul hosted a fabulous party.  He was the perfect little one 
(of course).  Never shed a tear the entire time.  I thought
he might be a little intimidated by all of the people and other
children, but he wasn't.  I have hundreds of pictures, but
I'm going to restrain myself and just share a few.
Thank you everyone for allowing me to share our
precious grandson with you this past year.  Sometimes
Grandmothers get a little obnoxious, and I am certainly
guilty of that.  Just cannot help myself!
Let him wear cake!
Had to bathe away the cake!
 ~~~Happy family~~~
 ~~~Proud grandparents~~~
~~~Proud daddy's masterpiece "owl" cake~~~
 ~~~What was left after Avery attacked it~~~
 Rice crispy treat owls that
Hollis and I did. They were a hit. 
This was her design.  So cute.  The nose and feet were
made out of the old fashion peanut candies that we
flattened with a rolling pin and cut into triangles.
This was just a fluke.  I couldn't find candy corn to
use and was desperate, when I came upon these
at the drug store.  So much better than candy corn
would have been.  These were iced with chocolate
frosting and the wings were royal icing. 
When he got his first glimpse of a bunch of people.
Look at me with my sweet bib.  Grammie made this
for his first birthday.  Needless to say we changed it
when it was cake time.
A wonderful time was had by all.  A special celebration
for a the sweetest little boy ever.
Proud Grammie here,